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Tracing Your Roots To Gallipoli

Remembering some of the Bolton men who lost their lives in the Gallipoli Campaign of 1915

Samuel Butler

Farnworth Weekly Journal 10 September 1915


It was known that three or four Farnworth district soldiers who were on the Royal Edward when sunk in the Aegean Sea, on August 14th, had been saved, but the hope that none had been drowned proved futile. On Saturday, Mrs. Butler, of 33, Victoria-st., received word from the War office that a complete list of survivors had been prepared, and they regretted to inform her that the name of her son, Private Samuel Butler (6064) of the Border Regiment, was not among them, so it might be taken he was among the victims of the German submarine attack. Private Butler, who was 21 years of age, enlisted in the Regulars on August 12th, a few days after the war broke out, and has seen active service in France, though it was not until he was at home on furlough in July that he told his mother that he had been wounded there. Before he joined the Army he was employed in the cotton room at Messrs. . and J. Prestwich's Pandora Mill, and was a member of the men's class at St. Peter's Church, and a player in the St. Peter's football team. His father, Pte. Frank Butler is with the 3rd Loyal North Lancashire at Felixstowe.

Samuel was the son of Frank Butler b.1864, a general labourer, and Alice Ellen Butler née Tunstall b.1863.

Samuel first appeared on the 1901 Census living at 75 Glynn Street, Farnworth with his parents and siblings Ethel b.1892, Harold b.1897, Fred b.1900 and Ernest b.1901 along with his illegitimate (unusually marked on the return as such) brother, George Herbert Tunstall b.1886.

By 1911 the family were living at 2 Lark Hill, Farnworth. George was no longer with them but there was a new addition, John b.1903.

Frank was labouring in a chemical works at that point while Samuel was employed as a cotton piecer.

He lost his life alongside hundreds of others when HMT Royal Edward was torpedoed by the German submarine UB-14 while en route from Alexandria to Lemnos. The ship was carrying 1367 officers and men destined for Gallipoli.

Samuel's name appears on Farnworth War Memorial.

Name Butler, Samuel
Rank Private
Number 6064
Unit 1st Bn
Border Regiment
Born Farnworth, Lancashire
Enlisted Manchester, Lancashire
12 August 1914
Died At sea
13 August 1915
Age 21
Grave or Memorial Helles Memorial
Gallipoli, Turkey